Journalists and Other Writers research and compile news stories, write and edit news reports, commentaries and feature stories for presentation in print and electronic media, and compose written material to advertise goods and services.

A Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually required. High levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest are also important.

Tasks

  • determining advertising approach by consulting clients and management, and studying products to establish principal selling features
  • writing advertisements for press, radio, television, cinema screens, billboards, catalogues and shop displays
  • making decisions about the specific content of publications in conjunction with other senior editors and in accordance with editorial policies and guidelines
  • reviewing copy for publication to ensure conformity with accepted rules of grammar, style and format, coherence of story, and accuracy, legality and probity of content
  • collecting and analysing facts about newsworthy events from interviews, printed matter, investigations and observations
  • writing news reports, commentaries, articles and feature stories for newspapers, magazines, journals, television and radio on topics of public interest
  • researching and writing technical, information-based material and documentation for manuals, text books, handbooks and multimedia products
  • critically discussing daily news topics in the editorial columns of newspapers and reviewing books, films and plays

Job Titles

  • Copywriter
  • Newspaper or Periodical Editor, or Associate Editor
  • Print Journalist
  • Radio Journalist or Reporter
  • Technical Writer
  • Television Journalist or Reporter
  • Other Journalists and Other Writers
  • Copywriter

    Designs and composes written material to advertise products and services.

  • Newspaper or Periodical Editor, or Associate Editor

    Plans and directs editing of a publication, such as a newspaper, magazine or journal, in accordance with editorial policies and guidelines and accepted rules of grammar, style and format prior to printing and distribution.

    Specialisations: Features Editor, News Editor, Pictures Editor, Subeditor, Website/Blog Editor

  • Print Journalist

    Collects and analyses facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation and observation and writes stories for newspapers, magazines or journals.

    Specialisations: Columnist, Feature Writer, Leader Writer, Newspaper Reporter

  • Radio Journalist or Reporter

    Collects and analyses facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation and observation and writes stories for radio news or current affairs programs.

  • Technical Writer

    Researches and writes technical information-based material and documentation for articles, manuals, text books, handbooks, or multimedia products, usually for education or corporate purposes.

  • Television Journalist or Reporter

    Collects and analyses facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation and observation and writes stories for television news or current affairs programs.

  • Other Journalists and Other Writers

    Includes Blogger, Critic, Editorial Assistant, Photo Journalist

Fast Facts

  • $1,521 Weekly Pay
  • 24,600 workers Employment Size
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 69.3% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38.2 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 60.7% female Gender Share

The number of Journalists and Other Writers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 24,600 in 2017 to 23,700 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 11,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Journalists and Other Writers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in New South Wales.
  • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Arts and Recreation Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,521 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (69.3%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 60.7% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200723300
200819800
200922400
201024300
201121200
201230400
201322500
201424500
201522300
201624700
201724600
202223700

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsJournalists and Other WritersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings15211230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Information Media and Telecommunications59.1
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services12.1
Arts and Recreation Services11.5
Public Administration and Safety4.9
Other Industries12.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateJournalists and Other WritersAll Jobs Average
NSW49.431.6
VIC18.826.2
QLD12.919.7
SA6.06.7
WA8.710.8
TAS1.12.0
NT0.51.1
ACT2.51.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketJournalists and Other WritersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.3-5.25.2
20-2414.0-9.99.9
25-3418.9-23.623.6
35-4424.7-21.721.7
45-5422.7-20.820.8
55-596.7-8.88.8
60-644.4-6.06.0
65 and Over8.4-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationJournalists and Other WritersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate25.3-8.68.6
Bachelor degree60-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
Year 126.8-18.718.7
Years 11 & 107.9-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience is usually required. High levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest are also important.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Creative Arts and Culture VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Journalists and Writers who are literate and can interact well with others.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. English Language

    99% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  2. Communications and Media

    93% Important

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  3. Law and Government

    79% Important

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  4. Telecommunications

    60% Important

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  5. Computers and Electronics

    59% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Getting Information

    97% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

    86% Important

    Communicating with customers, the public, government, and others in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

  3. Building Good Relationships

    84% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  4. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    84% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  5. Interpreting Information for Others

    81% Important

    Helping people to understand and use information.

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